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Monster in the Middle: A Novel

Monster in the Middle: A Novel

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NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF FALL 2021 BY: 
NEW YORK TIMES ● VULTURE ● BOSTON GLOBE ● OPRAH DAILY
SHEREADS ● KIRKUS REVIEWS ● HEY ALMA ● LITHUB ● 
AND MORE


From the award-winning author of Land of Love and Drowning, an electric new novel that maps the emotional inheritance of one couple newly in love.

When Fly and Stela meet in 21st Century New York City, it seems like fate. He's a Black American musician from a mixed-religious background who knows all about heartbreak. She’s a Catholic science teacher from the Caribbean, looking for lasting love. But are they meant to be? The answer goes back decades—all the way to their parents' earliest loves.

Vibrant and emotionally riveting, 
Monster in the Middle moves across decades, from the U.S. to the Virgin Islands to Ghana and back again, to show how one couple's romance is intrinsically influenced by the family lore and love stories that preceded their own pairing. What challenges and traumas must this new couple inherit, what hopes and ambitions will keep them moving forward? Exploring desire and identity, religion and class, passion and obligation, the novel posits that in order to answer the question “who are we meant to be with?” we must first understand who we are and how we came to be.

About the Author

Tiphanie Yanique is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor at Emory University. She lives with her family in Atlanta. Her newest book is Monster in the Middle. It has been featured in the O. Henry Prize anthology, the Best American Short Stories, and as a BuzzBook Best of the year book. Yanique's essays, poems and fiction center around the theme of belonging and what it means to be an American; as well as how issues of race, gender and ethnicity impact belonging. Yanique's writing has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places.

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.17 x 1.01 x 9.3 inches